Presentation on theme: "Deciphering the distinctive geographies of obesity in England Health Surveys Users Meeting Royal Statistical Society Graham Moon July 2008."— Presentation transcript:
Deciphering the distinctive geographies of obesity in England Health Surveys Users Meeting Royal Statistical Society Graham Moon July 2008
Why obesity ? Equivalent to an extra 30 years. Premature mortality – 9 years of life lost Diabetes mellitus, Cerebrovascular disease, Coronary heart disease, Hypertension, Respiratory disease, £ 0.5b cost to NHS; c £ 2b to wider economy Implications for health promotion
Richard Elmhirst's mission to "Fat Town" was going well yesterday, as he tempted cautious Bradfordians to nibble scraps of venison on cocktail sticks instead of lunchtime fast food or stodge. "That's a nice strong taste," said Betty Gill, who has watched local school meals swing to and fro between chips and salad during 29 years as a classroom assistant in the city. "I think I'll get some. How long do you fry it for?"
England now 23% men, 25% women; more rapid rise than rest of Europe
HSfE Data Proportion of Obese Adults: averaged 2000-2002
Suggested Obesity Prevalence (%) by Strategic Health Authority. Source: Data from DH (2005)
Summary Emotive, contested geographies Survey data limited at sub-regional level Experian – one size fits all. Area types plus BMI Mens Fitness – obesogenic environments
Aim To examine the complexities inherent in the geography of obesity in England –Obesity and over-weight –By age-sex-ethnicity –By scale of analysis
"The socio-economic state of a large city which suffered industrial decline is an important context," said Mr Hughes. "It's not surprising that the likes of Manchester and Glasgow were up there with us in Men's Health's top 10."
Our Work Team: Steve Barnard, Gemma Quarendon, Liz Twigg, Bill Blyth; Universities of Southampton and Portsmouth Sponsor: TNS Available: Social Science & Medicine, 65, 20-31, 2007 ML Synthetic Estimation HSfE 1998 onwards (+ other parts of UK) & TNS data Established BMI definitions Part of wider body of work on MLSE and health needs
Obesity by Sex Men Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth West Cumbria North Warwickshire Cannock Chase Dudley Beacon and Castle Women Central Birmingham Doncaster West Rowley Regis and Tipton Wednesbury and West Bromwich Walsall Excess female obesity in areas with high ethnic populations
Conclusions Obesity and overweight are not (completely) in the same places Geographies are consistent by age and sex The evidence points to a high prevalence of obesity in the post- industrial West Midlands Small-area evidence supports this concentration but also points to more rural locations